Like it or not, winter is coming. For chilly New Englanders, few things beat a body- and soul-warming trip to the Caribbean. But choosing the perfect island destination can send shivers down anyone’s spine. Whenever I search for a rejuvenating island getaway, a set of travel-tested criteria …
With a little over 10,000 residents, Canton is one of the last towns in Hartford County before the Massachusetts line. It’s the kind of place where many of the original settler names on street signs match families living there today.
Spending a day in the scenic Northwestern Connecticut town, plus five fun facts and a calendar of upcoming events.
"So, what’s there to do in Putnam?” Quite a bit, actually.
The view from the Stonington Harbor Light is less expansive than normal. A thick fog has obscured much of the harbor, decreasing the view from what on a clear day would include three states to a mere few hundred yards. But despite and perhaps because of the fog, the view is achingly, hauntin…
The nearly $1 billion MGM Springfield opened last summer just up I-91 in Massachusetts with hoopla, media buzz and local pride for a downtown on the rise from the ruins of a 2011 tornado.
Milford calls itself a small city with a big heart. It’s also a beautiful seaside community with more miles of coastline than any town in the state. If it’s not home to you, it can start to feel that way in no time.
When I get the assignment to spend a weekend at Foxwoods and write about it, I start to wonder which category gambling losses would go in on my expense report. But it’s going to be tricky to get to the tables. There’s a lot to do here.
On vacation, readers and writers often attempt to settle down with a good book or an unfinished manuscript, respectively. A few hotels in New England are perfect literary retreats and ideal for vacationers hoping never to stray too far from the page or pen.
My wife and I recently spent the night at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville and sampled a portion of what the resort has to offer. Here’s a snapshot of our trip.
You don’t have to fly to the tropics to enjoy the remote charm of an isolated island. These picturesque escapes are all within striking distance of Connecticut, so head to the closest ferry and get ready to kick back, crack open the rosé and disconnect from mainland stresses.
For the past few years, I’ve been having the travel equivalent of an extramarital affair with the Hudson Valley region of New York. Don’t worry, Connecticut, I still love you … the Hudson Valley is just, well, different.
Put the words “road trip” together, say them out loud, and they open a small door into the American soul.
There’s too much to see and do in Simsbury to fit it all in a single day, but I tried my hardest.
Black Rock is that rarest of gems anywhere, but particularly in Fairfield County: an affordable, walkable and liveable area on the water.
Unless you’re a really dedicated cook, you probably won’t bring your 20-piece knife set, double oven, waffle iron and all your other home kitchen toys on your camping trip. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make campfire dishes that taste like home-cooked meals.
The immensity of the world beyond our concerns can help make our lives seem more manageable, which melts stress, and improves our sense of everyday wellbeing.
These are the places to go if you're looking for classic camping without the modern frills.
For most adults, spending time in nature evokes a dose of nostalgia, back to simpler times and pleasures. But these days, increasing numbers of people are opting for a new style of upgraded camping.
It’s hard to call anything in Greenwich, one of Connecticut’s best-known towns, a hidden gem, but the neighborhood of Old Greenwich is just that.
Ridgefield residents describe their town as a best-of-both worlds destination. On one hand, it is a classic New England country town complete with stone walls, historic buildings and a beautiful town green. On the other, it’s only a short train ride or an hour-and-change drive to New York Ci…
American Airlines’ American Eagle regional jet service between Tweed New Haven Regional Airport and Charlotte begins Saturday, giving Tweed a destination beyond Philadelphia for the first time since Delta Connection stopped flying to Cincinnati in 2006.
It’s not the Hamptons — and thank goodness for that. The North Fork attracts vacationers and seasonal residents who prefer authentic over ostentatious.
I like driving more than most, I think. I usually have no problem with a good four- or five-hour drive. Sometimes, though, it’s lovely to leave the car in place for a while, and not have to think about gas and dashboard lights. So I thought I’d try an experiment: Where could I go for a weeke…
About 10 minutes off I-84 between Danbury and Waterbury, you’ll find the scenic town of Woodbury. It’s a rural oasis of sorts, filled with historic houses and rolling farms; a place where those of us who care about such things slow down to better appreciate the many sights.
The flotilla of river-goers passed by, carried on the current. Laying on inflated tubes with bright psychedelic shades of blue, pink and orange, they looked like a parade of characters from a Fellini movie. Many tubers grabbed hold of one another, forming thoroughly unsynchronized groups of …
You’ll never forget the first time you see Gillette Castle.
When looking at the satellite images that show night-time light pollution, there is an almost unbroken chain of light along the Northeast corridor, from Washington, D.C. to Boston. Almost. In eastern Connecticut, the map shows one patch of black in the buzz of light — one patch of dark, spar…
In many ways New Haven has long been thought of as the cultural capital of Connecticut. The museums at the center of the city can be enjoyed on so many levels that it would actually take several day trips to take them all in. Two in particular, the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Ce…
Sherwood Island State Park is a rare combination of both an inland park with vast fields, trees and trails, and a beach destination.
Sometimes you need to get away. But if you don’t have time to hit the road for a long trip or jet away to a distant location, there’s always the option of a day trip. Luckily, our state is flush with a variety of trips to suit any taste, all close enough to head out and make it back home in …
Some day trips have a singular focus — attend a baseball game, hike a mountain, go skiing. But what if you want to pack a plethora of activities into that precious time between sunup and sundown? Well, you go to New London.
You don’t have to look very far to find a great place to explore nature in Connecticut. Scenic wilderness trails criss-cross nearly every corner of the state, offering views aplenty. From flat and, in some cases, paved walkways to intense wilderness hikes, and dog- and bicyclist-friendly des…
Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Co. offers alternative to New York traffic jams, connects travelers to attractions
From the outside, Hotel Zero Degrees in Danbury has the look of a ski lodge. The 30,000-plus-square-foot building’s striking exterior features large, exposed wooden beams that give off a modern country feel. Despite being mere minutes from Interstate 84, near the busy Connecticut and New Yor…
There is a magic word that makes any experience that much more enjoyable: free.
It takes a special type of person to undertake a 500-mile ancient Christian pilgrimage on foot. It’s a difficult task, definitely, but hundreds of thousands of these special people walk Spain’s Camino de Santiago every year, and they’ve been doing it for hundreds of years. To do most of the …